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Sunday 17 April 2011

Review: My Little World

The world of children, particularly very small children, is very different to our own . . . not only when it comes to comprehension but also in terms of what they actually see - the underside of tables, fat crumbs on the floor, teensy insects and their little wavy feeler-things, clinging to a strand of grass on a bush walk with Gran.

In My Little World, author Julia Cooke has recreated a child's world by taking the reader on a journey through infantile eyes. Eyes just two or three feet from the ground . . . eyes primed for seeking out and discovering all those precious joys the bigger people have missed.

Each time our little wanderer goes out walking with her gran and brother Jack, there is so much she misses - the taller items, the faster ones, the bigger picture. But as the book progresses, we learn there is much our little one can see - the teensy insects, the lizard hiding under the brush, the insect that looks like a twig, the fuzzy zigzag pencil lines scribbled on the bark of a tree.

As Cooke's rhyming text takes us through each lustrous page, Crosby-Fairall's stunning illustrations unfurl a rich tapestry of organic, floral and faunal delights for the reader, complete with small labels, close-up insets and the opportunity to re-seek an insect or an animal at the very end of the book.

Set during spring on Black Mountain right in the middle of Canberra, My Little World is a gorgeous way to introduce kids to the prodigious natural world nestled within our nation's rather corporate capital. Author notes reveal further fascinating information on several of the insects featured through the book, making it a priceless aid for teachers.

Next time you're out walking, grab a copy of My Little World, take it along with you - and watch the eyes of your little one light up whilst walking through their own little world.

See Julia's guest post on KBR right here! with information on how you can follow her blog tour.

Title: My Little World
Author: Julia Cooke
Illustrator: Marjorie Crosby-Fairall
Publisher: Omnibus Books, $26.99
Publication Date: April 2011
ISBN: 9781862917903
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book, Information Book

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